Representative Sherman Hutchins [Republican]
Penobscot ~ District 131
Towns in District: Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot, Prospect, Stockton Springs and Verona IslandWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Marine Resources
✉ 49 Bayview Road
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|LD 189||An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Long-term Care Insurance||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits an insurer from delaying or withholding payment of a claim for long-term care insurance benefits by requiring that an insured or the insured's representative request payment of the claim by telephone as a prerequisite for releasing funds to pay the claim for benefits if the insurer has received all necessary written documentation and information to support payment of the claim.
|LD 190||An Act To Provide Antlerless Deer Permits to Senior Resident Lifetime Hunting License Holders||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This bill provides that a person 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid senior resident lifetime hunting license must receive a permit to lawfully take an antlerless deer in any part of the State open to the taking of antlerless deer.
|LD 203||Resolve, To Add a Safety Fence to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to construct and maintain pedestrian barrier fences on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge for the purpose of suicide prevention.
|LD 616||An Act To Create Uniform Practices for Medicare Beneficiaries in Small Group Plans||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019|
This bill requires an insurer that provides health care coverage to a group with fewer than 20 employees to be the primary insurer for the payment of benefits to or on behalf of any insured under the group contract who is eligible for Medicare Part B coverage.
|LD 617||An Act To Increase to 3 the Number of Youth Deer Hunting Days||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish 2 additional youth deer hunting days, the Monday and Tuesday following the last Saturday of the regular firearms season on deer, to the current youth deer hunting day, which occurs on the Saturday preceding the residents-only Saturday of the regular deer hunting season.
|LD 844||An Act To Prohibit Driverless Commercial Vehicles||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019|
This bill prohibits the operation of a commercial motor vehicle that does not have a driver in the vehicle.
|LD 1182||An Act To Improve School Safety by Requiring Law Enforcement Visits||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This bill requires that a public school be visited at least 2 times per week by a law enforcement officer from the State Police, a county sheriff's office or a municipal law enforcement agency when that public school is in session. Visits by law enforcement officers must be unannounced and occur at varying times of the day and week at each public school. The county sheriff's office is responsible for coordinating these visits.
|LD 1489||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding the Election of Senators||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to reduce the size of the Senate from no more than 35 members to 32 members as a result of reapportioning to 2 Senators per county. The resolution also requires the redrawing of district lines in 2022. The resolution increases the Senate term from 2 to 4 years.
|LD 174||An Act To Promote Youth Participation in the Maine Lobster Fishery||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill allows an unlicensed person 12 years of age or younger to assist a Class I, II or III lobster and crab fishing license holder with licensed activities.
|LD 222||An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.
|LD 233||An Act To Move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
|LD 279||An Act To Raise Juror Pay to $50 per Day||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-24, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $50.
This amendment adds an appropriation and allocations section and incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 279 Amendment S-24 fiscal note
|LD 314||An Act To Simplify Apprenticeship Requirements for Student and Apprentice Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 21, 2019|
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person with an apprentice lobster and crab fishing license or a student lobster and crab fishing license to demonstrate apprentice program completion through verified landings of at least 4,000 pounds of lobster over a period of not less than 2 years.
|LD 340||An Act To Establish a Temporary Terminal Condition Medical Allowance for Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-70, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019|
This bill creates a temporary terminal condition medical allowance that allows an individual to fish under the authority of the license of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder when the individual is the child, spouse or domestic partner of the license holder and has completed the lobster apprentice program and the license holder has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and harvested a minimum of 1,000 pounds of lobsters within one year prior to the request for the temporary terminal condition medical allowance. The bill allows the license holder to continue to fish pursuant to the license despite having been issued an allowance but permits only one person, the license holder or the designated individual, to fish under the license at any one time. The temporary terminal condition medical allowance may not exceed one year in duration and may be renewed at the discretion of the Commissioner of Marine Resources.
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that a lobster and crab fishing license holder who has a substantial illness or medical condition and has been granted a temporary medical allowance may continue to fish under the license as long as the license holder does not fish concurrently with the individual authorized to fish under the authority of that license holder through the temporary medical allowance. It adds domestic partners to the list of individuals authorized to fish under this provision. It also clarifies that the license holder is liable for the activities of the individual fishing under the temporary medical allowance whether or not the license holder is present on the vessel.
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|LD 426||An Act To Increase the Beverage Container Redemption Reimbursement To Offset Minimum Wage Increases||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill increases by 1/2¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.
|LD 488||An Act To Provide Campground Owners Immunity from Liability for the Inherent Risks of Camping||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019|
This bill provides private campground owners immunity if camping participants or their guests are injured, killed or sustain property damage from the inherent risks of camping. The campground owner or operator is required to post a warning sign explaining that the camping participant assumes the inherent risks of camping.
|LD 559||An Act To Restore Regular Mapping of Eelgrass Beds in the State||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-48, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources, to establish and administer a program to regularly produce and update maps regarding the distribution of eelgrass beds in the State. Data collected and maps produced under this program must be made available on the Department of Environmental Protection's publicly accessible website. The Department of Environmental Protection is directed to submit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters on or before January 1, 2021, and biennially thereafter, a report on the data collected and maps produced under this program.
This amendment creates the Eelgrass Mapping Fund to support the establishment and administration of the eelgrass mapping program required under the bill and authorizes the fund to accept grants, bequests, gifts or contributions from any source, public or private. The amendment also revises the mapping schedule for the mapping of eelgrass beds as proposed in the bill and adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 559 Amendment H-48 fiscal note
|LD 1027||An Act To Eliminate the 100-megawatt Limit on Hydroelectric Generators under the Renewable Resources Laws||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019|
This bill removes the 100-megawatt capacity limit for a hydroelectric generator that meets all state and federal fish passage requirements applicable to generators to qualify as a renewable capacity resource and for a hydroelectric generator to qualify as a renewable resource for the purpose of meeting the State's renewable resource portfolio requirement.
|LD 1060||An Act To Authorize Consumers Located Adjacent to Electric Power Generators To Obtain Power Directly||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019|
This bill allows an electricity generator to build an interconnection from the generator's facility to a consumer of the electricity located adjacent to the generator without becoming subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission as a transmission and distribution utility. The Public Utilities Commission is directed to adopt rules to determine when a consumer is located adjacent to a generator.
|LD 1146||An Act To Ensure the Provision of Housing Navigation Services to Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill creates within the Department of Health and Human Services a housing navigator who:
|LD 1147||Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study Registration Fees for All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-184, Finally passed, Signed into law May 23, 2019|
This bill limits, by definition, the size of an all-terrain vehicle to 65 inches in width and 2,000 pounds in weight, prohibits operation of motor vehicles on a designated all-terrain vehicle trail that is not on a gravel road system and prohibits operation of all-terrain vehicles on trails posted with size or weight limitations unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner's agent. It also increases all-terrain vehicle registration fees by $12, which must be transferred to the ATV Recreational Management Fund.
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to review, in consultation with interested parties, the current registration fees for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to consider alternatives to the current fee structure and the potential effects on revenue that these alternatives may have. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife detailing the alternatives considered and any recommendations. It gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the commissioner's report.
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|LD 1148||An Act Regarding the Costs Incurred by Municipalities in the Administration of Aquaculture Lease and License Applications||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-123, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019|
This bill allows a municipality to charge a reasonable fee to a person granted a Department of Marine Resources aquaculture lease on or under coastal waters to pay for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease.
This amendment changes the title and replaces the bill. The amendment specifies that a municipality may not charge a person applying for an aquaculture lease or license a fee of more than $50 for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease or license application.
LD 1148 Chaptered Law
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|LD 1181||An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019|
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.
The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.
The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.
The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.
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|LD 1213||An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This bill repeals the laws governing ranked-choice voting.
|LD 1296||An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy||Status: Dead, Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill does the following.
|LD 1300||Resolve, To Transfer the Guilford Butler School Property to the Town of South Thomaston (Emergency)||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-264, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This resolve authorizes the State to transfer ownership of the Guilford Butler School property in South Thomaston to the Town of South Thomaston.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1300 Chaptered Law
LD 1300 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1336||Resolve, Directing the Governor To Renominate Penobscot Bay for Inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This resolve directs the Governor to renominate Penobscot Bay for inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program.
|LD 1438||An Act To Clarify the Intent of Referendum Questions for Voters||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill requires the Secretary of State, with the assistance of the Attorney General and the Revisor of Statutes, to prepare a summary of each referendum question that explains the referendum question to the voter and to place this summary on the ballot after the corresponding referendum question. This summary may not exceed 250 words, except that additional words may be used if the Secretary of State considers it necessary and space on the ballot permits.